California has more than 35,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but understanding precisely who has been tested and treated remains shrouded in mystery — and is key to ensuring equal access, according to advocacy groups seeking more transparency from the Newsom administration.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California wrote Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month asking for release of the demographic details of people who have died, as well as those who have been tested and hospitalized. The group is sending a second letter this week, backed by more than 65 advocacy groups across the state.
“California has a known history of discrimination towards black and brown folks. Without data, we’re unable to assess whether we have equal access to resources and treatment,” said Abre’ Conner, staff attorney with ACLU in Fresno. “What is the state hiding?”